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BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter/Composer Leslie Bricusse

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From News, posted 10.20.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned BMI songwriter and composer Leslie Bricusse, whose music won the hearts of so many throughout his storied career. Bricusse is responsible for such classics as “The Candyman” (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), “Talk to the Animals” (Doctor Dolittle), “What Kind of… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Groundbreaking Composer, Lyricist and Actress Micki Grant

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From News, posted 9.02.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of the first woman ever to write the book, music, and lyrics to a Broadway musical: Micki Grant, whose groundbreaking work Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, which she also starred in, won the uniquely talented BMI affiliate not only a GRAMMY for the… Read more...


BMI Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop Now Accepting Applications

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From News, posted 5.19.21. BMI is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 season of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop. This prestigious program is part of the Tony-honored BMI Workshop which has been developing professional musical theatre writers through education, peer critique and networking for more than four decades. The deadline to submit… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Award Winners

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From News, posted 3.15.21. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its many affiliates who received music’s highest honors, yesterday, during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this year’s ceremony was unlike any other, given precautions over the pandemic, with no large audience in attendance. With awards presented… Read more...


BMI Attends SCL Holiday Party in NY to Honor Award-Winning Composer David Yazbek

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From News, posted 12.12.19. The Society of Composers & Lyricists holiday party honoring BMI composer David Yazbek, along with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, took place last night at the NY Institute of Technology in NY, with BMI proudly in attendance to support the award-winning Yazbek. // Read more...


BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Celebrates an Evening of New Songs

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From News, posted 12.10.19. The Drama League-, Drama Desk- and Tony-honored BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop presented An Evening of New Songs for Musical Theatre on December 5, with works by songwriters in the Workshop, including Sophie Oberfield & Fernanda Douglas, Sami Horneff & Ben Diskant, Rick Rea Christopher Anselmo & Jared Corak, Melissa… Read more...


David Yazbek Wins Coveted Awards For Best Music and Lyrics at 2019 Drama Desk Awards

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From News, posted 6.03.19. BMI extends its warm congratulations to its talented affiliates singled out for prestigious accolades at last night’s 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall in New York City. Lyricist/composer David Yazbek was recognized for his work in the new Broadway production of Tootsie, winning the awards for both Outstanding… Read more...


Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics Workshop – Apply Now!

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From News, posted 5.23.19. This fall, BMI will again be offering a course to act as a prologue to the Lehman Engel Librettists Workshop. The year-long course, called “Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics,” is taken by incoming members before joining the current librettists workshop. The course will be taught in two semesters by Adam Mathias… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 Tony Nominees

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From News, posted 4.30.19. This year’s Tony nominations reflect the immense contributions that BMI composers and songwriters have made to the theatre genre. We proudly acknowledge seven affiliates who have been nominated for the prestigious awards, which will be bestowed Sunday, June 9, at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and will be broadcast… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 Drama Desk Award Nominees

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From News, posted 4.29.19. BMI is proud to congratulate David Yazbek, who has been nominated for two 2019 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for his work in Tootsie. The tremendously popular Tootsie is also up for Outstanding Musical, as well as several other accolades. In addition to Yazbek, BMI affiliate Elaine… Read more...